Briton David Haigh, the former managing director of Leeds United, has been acquitted in Dubai over charges relating to a tweet.
Mr Haigh had previously pleaded not guilty to cyber slander.
He has been behind bars in Dubai since 18 May 2014.
His spokesman said he was “absolutely delighted” to see the end of a “22 month nightmare”, and said he expected the businessman to be back in the UK in two to three days.
The Yorkshire-born solicitor and businessman had expected to return to the UK on 16 November, after serving 18 months behind bars for financial misappropriation.
He had argued he could not have committed the alleged Twitter offence while in jail.